What had happened was…
This line is usually indicative of someone lying. And what do you know? The Bush administration is backtracking on the fact that “stay the course” actually meant, “stay the course.” According to Press Secretary Tony Snow, what had happened was
is that “What you have is not ‘stay the course’ but in fact a study in constant motion by the administration.” In a number of previous posts, I have opened up with a quote by Socrates which states, “The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.” The following presents a perfect example of this principle at work. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Bush said with a straight face, “Listen, we’ve never been stay the course.” What’s so bad is that this line would actually be funny in a Bill Maher kind of way if the implications were not so grim.
In the same interview, Bush went on to say, “We have been — we will complete the mission, we will do our job and help achieve the goal, but we’re constantly adjusting the tactics. Constantly.” And before we get caught up in semantics, the fact remains that I (and I think many others share this concern) don’t have a clear understanding of what the goal is Mr. President. For surely if you can’t clearly define the goal, then it certainly won’t matter whether or not tactics have changed.
Getting back to Tony Snow’s comment about the Iraq strategy being a study in constant motion, it seems to me that this war has for the most part put into motion three things, lies, arrogance and stupidity. But just pause and think about how the world would be better if American military and foreign policy were guided by truth, humility, and wisdom.